Roxie Artistic Director

Introduction to Puppetry Performance

Instructor: Roxanna Myhrum, Artistic Director
THREE SESSIONS: Wednesdays, October 23-November 6 | 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Cost: $115
Register by Oct 1: $95
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How do puppeteers turn inanimate objects into living, breathing characters? Find out in this NEW performance skills class, taught by Artistic Director Roxanna Myhrum. First, we’ll develop our foundational animation skills and hone our expressive movement vocabulary through fun and creative exercises involving found objects. Each session we’ll do a deep dive into a particular puppetry technique, including glove puppetry, mouth puppetry, and table top puppetry. We’ll also learn effective role preparation, rehearsal techniques, character “mock-up” methods, and ways of using “outside eyes” to get constructive feedback. Along the way, we will explore mini-scenes for puppets from popular theatrical productions. This is a great class for actors, designers, drama educators, and anyone who is puppet-curious!

Recommended for adults and teens.

About the Instructor

Roxanna “Roxie” Myhrum has been Puppet Showplace Theater’s artistic director since 2010. In Boston she is a sought-after puppetry director and coach, with credits at the Huntington Theatre Company, SpeakEasy Stage (Eliott Norton, Hand to God), Company One, the Lyric Stage Company of Boston (IRNE award, Avenue Q), Wheelock Family Theater, New Repertory Theatre, and Gloucester Stage Company.  She has guest-taught puppetry classes at Harvard, Brown, Babson, Suffolk, and BC and has led all-ages workshops promoting puppetry skills and literacy throughout the greater Boston area. Originally trained in puppetry as a teenager, Roxie spent over a decade as a FLOCK resident company member at the Eugene O’Neill National Puppetry Conference. In addition to her work in Boston, she has served on the Board of Directors for The Jim Henson Foundation and Puppeteers of America. She is a graduate of Harvard University.

Registration info: Class registration must be complete before a class begins and payment must be made in full. Payment is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged.

Accommodation: Please communicate any special needs to our staff before registration. We are happy to do our best to accommodate all enrollees.

Financial Aid: If the cost of class is prohibitive, please email Artistic Director Roxanna Myhrum at artistic@puppetshowplace.org to request financial aid.

Register online or call the Box Office at: 617-731-6400 x 101